Wisconsin Football: Badgers Need a Commitment from 4-Star OLB Osa Masina

A Commitment from OLB Osa Masina Would Be Huge for Wisconsin

6/16/14 in NCAAF   |   zrastall   |   5 respect

Jan 1, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Wisconsin Badgers nose tackle Beau Allen (96), defensive end Ethan Hemer (87), and linebacker Joe Schobert (58) after losing to the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Capital One Bowl held at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY SportsWith the college football recruiting season in full swing, the Wisconsin Badgers are seeing their class of 2015 starting to take shape.
Wisconsin has received verbal commitments from 12 different recruits thus far, with business really picking up for the Badgers as of late.
Gary Andersen and his staff have gotten six commitments in just the last nine days alone, including three over this past weekend.
While they certainly are off to good start on the recruiting trail, there still is plenty of work left to be done, including addressing the position of linebacker, which has been a main focus in recruiting for the class of 2015.
The Badgers have two commitments from inside linebackers, Nick Thomas and Chris Orr at this point, but still have yet to receive a verbal from an outside linebacker. And out of all the linebackers that Wisconsin is recruiting, there is no one that it would be more excited to get than four-star recruit Osa Masina.
A highly sought-after prospect out of Brighton High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, Masina has caught the attention of quite a few powerhouse college football programs. This impressive list includes teams like Oregon, UCLA, Stanford, Michigan, and Notre Dame, among others.
Though he is receiving plenty of attention from these schools, it appears that he may be leaning toward joining the Utah Utes, as he has two brothers that are currently on the roster of Kyle Whittingham’s team.
The good news for Wisconsin, however, is that it is still very much in the running for his services, as evidenced by a list of the top eight schools Masina tweeted out in late April. The fact that Andersen has roots in Utah certainly can’t hurt the Badgers, either.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect is the No. 1 recruit in Utah and ranks seventh among all outside linebackers in the country, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Masina is seen as having a ton of raw potential, thanks to his quickness, natural athleticism, field awareness, and overall toughness. In fact, his tough, physical nature would pit perfectly in Wisconsin’s brand of football.
Whether or not the Badgers, or anyone for that matter, can convince Masina to commit elsewhere than Utah remains to be seen. But if any team were to do it, Wisconsin would be one of your best bets.
Andersen’s defensive-minded approach and Utah roots definitely will help, plus the way the Badgers play could certainly appeal to him, as well.
If Wisconsin were able to get a commitment from Masina, it would be huge for the program and help address a main area of focus (linebackers) in recruiting for 2015.

Zach Rastall is a Wisconsin contributor for FanIQ. Follow him on Twitter: @ZachMRastall.
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